COMPLETE PUBLIC RECORD FROM 1993-2021
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"Eugenic Continuities: parens patriae, disability, and the law in Canada," forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.
"Conferencing Survey Report - November 2021," in SHCY Commentaries, Ep 31, www.shcy.org (December, 2021).
"Building Careers and the Future in SHCY," an invited roundtable as part of the Origins Project for SHCY Online, www.shcy.org, April 18, 2021.
"COVID-19 Graduate Student Roundtable," SHCY Features, SHCY Online, www.shcy.org, May 6, 2020.
"A Reflection on 'After the Century of the Child,'" in Contextualizing Childhoods : Growing Up in Europe and North America edited by Sally McNamee and Sam Frankel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019): 63-72.
"The 'government of heroic women': childhood, discipline, and the discourse of poverty - 'Kontrolle durch heroische Frauen': Kindheit, Disziplin und der Armustsdiskurs," in Bildungsgeschichte – International Journal for the Historiography of Education vol. 7, no. 2 (2017): 173-190.
"Childhood as Discourse," in Childhood Studies edited by Heather Montgomery Oxford Bibliographies On-line (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Childhood: History & Critique - Season 2 - You can find the audio portion CHC by searching for "SHCY" on itunes, google play, or where ever you get your podcasts. This multimedia series circulating to 1,800 scholars on H-Childhood; visual and textual dimensions are permanently available through the website of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. The second season of CHC was a collaboration of 7 episodes with Ning de Coninck-Smith and Martin Woodside. P. Ryan edited all the episodes, and wrote/hosted the following three.
S2 Ep6 - "Transnational Youth," July 25, 2016 (pdf)
(700-word essay, 35 min. conversation with Richard Ivan Jobs, Professor of History at Pacific University in the USA, hosted by Patrick Ryan)
S2 Ep5 - "Historical Truth and Childhood Trauma," June 6, 2016 (pdf)
(1,000-word essay, 57 min. conversation with Ronald Niezen, Professor in the Faculties of Law and Arts at McGill University in Canada, hosted by Patrick Ryan)
S2 Ep2 - "The History of Sexuality," February 1, 2016 (pdf)
(1,200-word essay, 46 min. conversation with Kim M. Phillips, Assoc. Professor as Auckland University, New Zealand &
John C. Spurlock, Professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA, hosted by Patrick Ryan)
A review of Allen J. Mitchell's Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth v. 8 no. 2 (Spring 2015): 319-321.
Childhood: History & Critique - Season 1 - You can find the audio portion CHC by searching for "SHCY" on itunes, google play, or where ever you get your podcasts. This multimedia series circulating to 1,800 scholars on H-Childhood; visual and textual dimensions are permanently available through the website of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. The first season of CHC appeared bi-weekly from November 2014 to July 2015, included conversations with 19 scholars across to the English-Speaking world, and provided over 28,000 words of commentary and analysis.
S1 Ep16 - "Childhood & Politics," July 28, 2015 (pdf)
(1,400-word essay, Keynote Address by Karen Dubinsky of Queens University delivered at UBC)
S1 Ep15 - "Violence & Power - Part 2" - June 22, 2015 (pdf)
(5,800-word essay, 39 min. conversation with Ben Parsons, Lecturer at the University of Leicester, UK)
S1 Ep14 - "Violence & Power - Part 1" - June 8, 2015 (pdf)
(6,200-word essay, 37 min. conversation with Peter Kelly, Assoc. Professor at RMIT University, Australia)
S1 Ep13 - "Becoming an Historian of Childhood" - May 18, 2015 (pdf)
(1,900-word essay, 33 min. conversation with Stephanie McBride-Schreiner and Kristen McCabe Lashua recent PhDs from Arizona State University and the University of Virginia, USA)
S1 Ep12 - "Governmentality" - May 5, 2015 (pdf)
(1,300-word essay, 21 min. conversation with Karen Smith, Lecture at University College Dublin, Ireland)
S1 Ep11 - "Relation and Belonging" - April 20, 2015 (pdf)
(800-word essay, 30 min. conversation with Mona Gleason, Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada)
S1 Ep10 - "By Birth or Consent" - Apr. 6, 2015 (pdf)
(800-word essay, 40 min. conversation with Holly Brewer, Professor at the University of Maryland, USA)
S1 Ep9 - "The Challenges of Childhood History" - Mar. 23, 2015 (pdf)
(800-word essay, 2 keynote lectures - delivered by Sian Pooley and Hannah Newton at QMUL, UK)
S1 Ep8 - "Nailing Jelly to a Wall" - Mar. 11, 2015 (pdf)
(1,400-word essay, 40 min. conversation with James Marten, Professor at Marquette University, USA)
S1 Ep7 - "The Examined Life" - Feb. 23, 2015 (pdf)
(1,200-word essay, 41 min. conversation with Ansgar Allen, Lecturer at the Univ. of Sheffield, UK)
S1 Ep6 - "Childhood & Adulthood" - Feb. 2, 2015 (pdf)
(1,100-word essay, 28 min. conversation with Corinne Field, Lecturer at the University of Virginia, USA)
S1 Ep5 - "Producing Self-Regulating Subjects" - Jan. 19, 2015 (pdf)
(1,000-word essay, 20 min. conversation with Gregory Bowden, Instructor at MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada)
S1 Ep4 - "Developmental Thinking" - Jan. 5, 2015 (pdf)
(400-word essay, 40 min. conversation with André Turmel, Professor Emeritus at Laval University, Quebec, Canada)
S1 Ep3 - "Ireland: Reading Childhood History Comparatively" - Dec. 17, 2014 (pdf)
(2,200-word essay, 12 min. conversation with Mary Hatfield, Doctoral Student at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
S1 Ep2 - "Teaching Childhood as Discourse for Professionals" - Dec. 1, 2014 (pdf)
(700-word essay, 21 min. conversation with Jonas Qvarsebo and Johan Dahlbeck, Sr. Lecturers at Malmo University, Sweden)
S1 Ep1 - "What to Make of Child-Saving Discourse?" - Nov. 12, 2014 (pdf)
(1,300-word essay, 16 min. conversation with Shurlee Swain, Professor at Australian Catholic University, Australia)
Master-Servant Childhood: a history of the idea of childhood in medieval English culture. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)
"Interview with Patrick Ryan," (an 'ask-the-author' discussion of the Landscape of Modern Childhood) filmed for the course "Understanding the Young Child," in the Master of Professional Education Program, Curriculum Studies, at Western University, September 5, 2013.
"Audio Only Version."
"An Interview with Colin Heywood," audio pod cast for the Society for the History of Children and Youth. Conducted July 22, 2013, posted August 20, 2013.
"'Young Rebels Flee Psychology': individual intelligence, race, and foster children in Cleveland, Ohio between the world wars," Paedagogica Historica vol. 47, no. 6 (October 2011): 767-783.
"Discursive Tensions on the Landscape of Modern Childhood," Educare Vetenskapliga Skrifter (2011: 2): 11-37.
"Here's Your 'Traditional Marriage'," The Gay and Lesbian Review - Worldwide: a bimonthly journal of history, culture, and politics, vol. 16, no. 6 (Nov-Dec, 2009).
"Right to Strike Worker's Only Significant Power," London Free Press, November 24, 2009.
"How New is the 'New' Social Studies of Childhood? The Myth of a Paradigm Shift," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 38, no. 4 (Spring, 2008): 553-576.
"Reviewing the Fourth Biennial Conference of SHCY, Norrkoping, Sweden," (co-authored with Ning de Coninck-Smith, Bengt Sandin, and Judith Lind) Newsletter of the Society for the History of Children and Youth issue #10 (Summer 2007): 6-10.
A review of John Carson The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940 in Journal of American History v. 94, no. 2 (2007): 545-546.
A review of Daniel Thomas Cook, The Commodification of Childhood: The Children's Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer, H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews, March, 2007.
"Six Blacks from Home: Childhood, Motherhood, and Eugenics in America," The Journal of Policy History vol. 19 no. 3 (Fall 2007): 253-281.
"Sports-Parents and Childhood" guest on Jim Chapman Live on Rogers Television Station, London, Ontario on June 7, 2005.
"Youth Anxiety and Society" guest on Jim Chapman Live on Rogers Television Station, London, Ontario on January 5, 2005.
"A Case-Study in the Cultural Origins of a Superpower: Modern Youth, American Nationalism, and the Rise of High School Life," History of Education Quarterly vol. 45, no. 1 (Spring, 2005): 66-95.
"Adult Culture the true Cause of Youth Angst," London Free Press December 13, 2004.
"Pierce v. Society of Sisters," in Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood edited by Paula Fass (Macmillan Reference, 2004): 678-679.
"Hammer v. Dagenhart," in Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood edited by Paula Fass (Macmillan Reference, 2004): 414-415.
"Rethinking Globalization," Guest Panelist on KERA 90.3 FM, the Dallas PBS-affiliate, on April 9, 2001.
"Can't Let Go: The Call for Community and the Resurrection of Bureaucracy in Cleveland Public Schools," Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research vol. 1, no. 4 (Winter, 2001): 36-41. Also available through Education Next http://www.educationnext.org/20014/26ryan.html Click on the "unabridged version" button.
"Free-Trade Misinformation," Dallas Morning News April 27, 2001.
A review of Philip Jenkins, Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America in Journal of Social History v. 35, no. 2 (2001) 511-513.
"Clubs," (co-authored with Judith Erickson) in Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia edited by Priscilla Clement and Jacqueline Reinier (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2001): 173-179.
A review of Leila Zenderland, Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing in Journal of American History v. 87 no. 4 (March 2001): 1530-1531.
"Standardized College Tests a Bad Idea," Dallas Morning News September 2000.
A review of John Spurlock and Cynthia Magistro, New and Improved: The Transformation of American Women's Emotional Culture in Journal of Social History v. 33 (Spring 2000): 745-747.
"What Happened to School Governance Councils?: An Evaluation of the Cleveland Municipal School District's Decentralization Program, 1998-1999," (Cleveland, OH: Citizens League Research Institute of Greater Cleveland, August 1999).
"Piquing Our Worst Fears," a review essay on Paula Fass' Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America in Reviews in American History v. 27, n. 3 (1999): 470-476.
"Socio-Economic Disparities and the Comparison of District-Wide Test Scores," (Cleveland, OH: Citizens League Research Institute of Greater Cleveland, July 1999)
A review of Kriste Lindenmeyer, A Right to Childhood: The U.S. Children's Bureau and Child Welfare, 1912-1946 in History of Education Quarterly v. 39, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 82-83.
A review of Elliot West, Growing Up in Twentieth-Century America in Histoire Sociale - Social History v. 31, no. 62 (November 1998): 347-349.
A review of Pasquale J. Accardo's and Barbara Y. Whitman, Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities in Disability Studies Quarterly v. 18, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 126.
"Richard L. Dugdale," in The American National Biography (Oxford, 1998).
"Unnatural Selection: Intelligence Testing, Eugenics, and American Political Cultures," Journal of Social History 30 (Spring, 1997): 669-685.
A review of Bruce A. Ryan (ed), The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice in Disability Studies Quarterly v. 17, no. 3 (Summer 1997): 192-193.
A review of Philip L. Safford and Elizabeth J. Safford, A History of Childhood & Disability in Disability Studies Quarterly v. 17, no. 2 (Spring 1997).
"George S. Addams," in Dictionary of Cleveland Biography edited by David D. Van Tassel and John J. Grabowski (Indiana University Press, 1996).
Center for Families and Children: 1970-1995, Building Community, Empowering People. Cleveland, Ohio: Center for Families & Children, 1996.
Academic Papers and Invited Lectures
"A Comment on Daniel Cook's The Moral Project of Childhood: Motherhood, Material Life, and Early Children's Consumer Culture," delivered at The Social Science History Association Conference in Philadelphia on November 12, 2021.
"Chasing Children's and Youth's Words and Actions," delivered at the Children's History Society online conference hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, June 19, 2021.
"Presidential Address," delivered at the dinner of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on June 26, 2019.
"What does 'governmentality' have to offer the political and historical study of childhood and youth?" delivered as a plenary panel for the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on June 26, 2019.
"Recursive Texts, Discipline, and the Discourse of Poverty," delivered for the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on June 25, 2019.
"Childhood and the Governmental State," an invited lecture delivered for the Faculty of Education and Society at Malmö University, Sweden on May 29, 2018.
"Incommensurable Concepts, Institutional Challenges," an invited presentation delivered at The Present and Future of Childhood Studies: Practices and Pedagogies - A Symposium celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University - Camden, in Camden, New Jersey on May 4, 2018.
"The Discursive Structure of Childhood," an invited lecture with "Understanding the Young Child 9400A" (Dr. W.A.Crocker, Instructor) - an international graduate seminar in the Faculty of Education, Western University on November 23, 2016.
"Was Master-Servant Childhood Nasty, Brutish, and Short?" delivered for the Children's History Society's conference Horrible Histories? Children's Lives in Historical Contexts at King's College London, London, England on June 18, 2016.
"The Importance of Reading Childhood Historically," an invited keynote address delivered for the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies and the Child and Youth Research Institute of the University of Turku and Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, June 8, 2016.
"Seeing Learners as Social Actors," an invited discussion with "Understanding the Young Child 9400A" (Dr. W.A.Crocker, Instructor) - an international graduate seminar in the Faculty of Education, Western University on November 23, 2015.
"On the Landscape of Modern Childhood" an invited discussion with "Understanding the Young Child 9400A" (Dr. W.A.Crocker, Instructor) - an international graduate seminar in the Faculty of Education, Western University on November 25, 2014.
"How 'Irish' is Childhood History in Ireland? Some historiographic observations on Continuity and Difference," delivered for Twenty Years A-Growing: an International Conference on the History of Irish Childhood from the Medieval to the Modern Age at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland on June 9, 2014.
"Reading Childhood Historically with Foucault," delivered to the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Foucault Circle, Malmö University, Sweden, June 6, 2014.
"John Bunyan and The Pilgrim's Progress," an invited lecture delivered at London South Collegiate Institute on May 15, 2014.
"The Terms of Master-Servant Childhood in English," 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth at Nottingham University, United Kingdom, June 27, 2013.
"Childhood and Disciplinary Institutions in Anglo-American Culture," presented to The Centre for American Studies at Western University on February 7, 2013.
"How Should We Conceptualize the History of Children (as Persons and Groups) and the History of Childhood (as a discourse of the Self)?" delivered for the 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth at Columbia University, New York, NY on June 24, 2011.
"Never 'Little Adults': The Master-Servant Terms of Medieval and Early-Modern Childhood in English," presented for the Faculty Speakers Series at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario on March 18, 2011.
"Tensions on the Landscape of Modern Childhood," a keynote address delivered to Barndom och ungdom i förändring (Childhood and Youth in Transition: Discipline and unrest in the Modern Welfare State) Malmö University, Sweden on October 29, 2010.
"Children's Rights and the Landscape of Modern Childhood," an invited lecture delivered for The Bishop's Friends - Diocese of Huron in London, Ontario on October 20, 2010.
"Taking Ideas Seriously: The Tensions in the Interdisciplinary Study of Childhood," delivered for the 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, Berkeley, California on July 11, 2009.
"What's in a Word? An Historian's Perspective on the Defense of 'Marriage,'" an invited presentation for the Men's group of Saint James Anglican Church, London, Ontario delivered February 8, 2009.
"Potential Paupers or Future Citizens? Migrating Children and the Politics of Care in Ohio during the early 20-century," delivered for Children and Migration: identities, mobilities, and belonging(s) at University College Cork, Ireland on April 9, 2008.
"Competent to Conduct his own Affairs': Individual Intelligence and Foster Children in Cleveland, Ohio between the World Wars," delivered for the European Social Science History Conferencehosted by the International Institute of Social History in Lisbon, Portugal on February 27, 2008.
"Motherhood, Childhood, and Eugenics in America," an invited lecture presented at the University of Western Ontario History Department Seminar Series on October 11, 2007.
"A Red Herring: Literal vs. Metaphorical Readings of any Text - Including the Bible," an invited presentation for the "20-40" group of Saint James Anglican Church, London, Ontario delivered May 22, 2007.
"Seeing Children as Social Actors," an invited lecture presented for Teachers As Scholars at King's in September 22, 2006 and March 28, 2007. King's University College at the University of Western Ontario.
"How New is the 'New' Sociology of Childhood?: Mapping the Landscape of Modern Ideas about Childhood," delivered for the Canadian Historical Association at York University, Toronto on May 29, 2006.
Invited Lectures for the Graduate Students and the Faculty of the Department of Child Studies at Linkoping University, Sweden.
1st Lecture - "How New is the "New" Social Study of Childhood?: Mapping the History of Ideas about Childhood," April 27, 2006.
2nd Lecture - "Heroes of their Own Minds: Mass Schooling and the Competent Individual in American Culture," April 28, 2006.
"How "New" is the New Sociology of Childhood," delivered for the the Society for the History of Children and Youth in Milwaukee, WI in August 2005.
"The Cultural Origins of the Superpower," delivered for the Faculty Lecture Series at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario on January 14, 2005.
"A Disastrous President: a fair assessment of G.W. Bush" delivered October 20, 2004 as part of a forum on the U.S. Presidential Election for the Political Science Club, Kings University College at the University of Western Ontario.
A Comment for "American Children as Twentieth-Century Revolutionaries," a panel presented at the The Organization of American Historian's annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on March 26, 2004.
"Competency, Liberalism, and Age as a Category of Historical Analysis," presented at the American Historical Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 2004.
"The 'Competency' Within: Modern Childhood and the Origins of Welfare Services in America," delivered for the Society for the History of Children and Youth in Baltimore, Maryland on June 27, 2003.
"If You're Against War in Iraq, You're in Good Company," delivered for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall, Texas on November 23, 2002.
"The Economic Motivations for and Social Consequences of Pax-Americana," delivered for the North Texas Coalition for a Just-Peace in Dallas, Texas on October 15, 2002.
"'Rebels from Modern Psychiatry': Foster Youths and Social Workers between the World Wars" presented to the Society for the History of Children and Youth in Milwaukee, WI on July 28, 2001.
"Otro Mundo Es Posible!" (Another World is Possible!), delivered at The Cesar Chavez March for Dignity and Amnesty in Dallas, Texas on March 31, 2001.
"'Free' Trade Rhetoric and the Rolling Back of Historic American Labor Victories," delivered at Responding to the Bush Agenda a Luncheon sponsored by Jobs With Justice in Dallas, Texas on February 17, 2001.
"In Search of the 'Real' World: The Rise of Extra-Curricular Activities at Two Cleveland Public High Schools, 1890 to 1945," delivered as an Andrew W. Mellon Lecture in History and Literature at Case Western Reserve University on March 17, 1998.
"Consuming Youth: Extra-Curricular Activities and the Rise of High School Life in America, 1890- 1940," presented at the American Historical Association's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington on January 9, 1998.
"Learning to be Adolescents: Youth Culture and High Schools in Cleveland, Ohio, 1890-1940," presented at the Social Science History Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 1997.
"From Charity to Therapy: Youth and the Definition of Poverty during the Depressions of the 1890s and 1930s," presented to The Unintended Consquences of Policy Decisions: A National Policy History Conference sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Ohio on June 5, 1997.
"Unbinding Kin: Transforming Generational Reciprocity and the Political Economy of American Adolescence, 1870-1940," presented to the Carelton Conference of the History of the Family sponsored by Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada on May 16, 1997.
"Contracted Youth: Generational Politics, Education, and Labor Policies in the United States from 1870 to 1940," presented at Childhood and Old Age -- Equals or Opposites? an International Conference sponsored by Odense University, Denmark on April 9, 1997.
"Cognitive Class Theory and American Political Cultures: Understanding The Bell Curve," in Proceedings of the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies edited by E. Makas and S. Gabel (Lewiston, ME: The Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs, 1997). A plenary paper delivered for the Society for Disability Studies in Washington D.C. on June 13, 1996.
"'Potential Paupers': Intelligence Testing, Eugenics, and Youth Custody in Early Twentieth Century Ohio," presented to the Kentucky State University, Institute for Liberal Studies' Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference on Science and Culture on March 30, 1995.
"Social Theory and Social Policy: The First Years of Ohio's Bureau of Juvenile Research, 1913- 1920," presented to the Ohio Academy of History's annual conference at Kent State University on April 25, 1994.
"Private and Public Spheres of Action: A Comparison of Policy Reform for the Feeble-Minded in Cleveland and Toronto, 1912-1922," presented to the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action's annual conference in Toronto, Canada on October 30, 1993.